About this team
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Centre
Diabetes (type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes) during pregnancy is associated with complications for the mother and child: both short and long-term. Depending of type of diabetes, the rates and severity of complications varies. Increased blood sugar during pregnancy is associated with excessive growth of the child, and the long-term consequences for the individual being born large for gestational age are unclear. Our main research focus lies on gestational diabetes and obesity; evaluating the interplay between increased blood sugar and overweight/obesity on pregnancy outcomes through intervention studies and follow up studies of mother and child.
Other bad conditions during the pregnancy than increased blood glucose levels or obesity of the woman, like poor weight gain or smoking may also affect the fetal growth and possibly also the health of the child later in life. The mechanism is poorly understood, but placental changes are probably involved. We investigate these changes in order to improve the health of the child.